Lessons in Racial Justice and Movement Building: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Colorado and Nationally is a joint effort by Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) and Advancement Project to address excessively harsh and racially discriminatory school disciplinary procedures, which have proven to be endemic in public schools across the United States. Using the Denver Public Schools as case studies to reform disciplinary practices and address zero-tolerance policies, PJU and Advancement project offer context on the problem of racially discriminatory disciplinary practices, present real-world and quantitative examples of disciplinary application throughout the Denver Public School System, address long-standing stereotypes, and present insights from each school. From the work presented in this report, organizations and individuals can begin to understand how other organizations and communities are addressing unjust and discriminatory policies and work to strengthen collective understanding of the School-to-Prison Pipeline movement.
The report is dived into four sections:
This action kit is designed to support community activists who are working to end the schoolhouse to jailhouse track. It is intended to assist mobilized communities in their quest to better understand the operation of the schoolhouse to jailhouse track so that they may ultimately eliminate the negative trends and create caring learning environments where this track is non-existent.
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